- National Statistics Socio-economic Classification
The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (often abbreviated to NS-SEC) is the primary social classification in the United Kingdom. Its first major use was on the 2001 UK census. The classification replaced two previous social classifications: Socio-economic Groups and Social Class based on Occupation.
The full version of NS-SEC has 17 main categories and is collapsible down to three categories. Only the three-category version is intended to represent any form of hierarchy. The version intended for most users (the analytic version) has eight categories:
- Higher managerial and professional occupations
- Lower managerial and professional occupations
- Intermediate occupations (clerical, sales, service)
- Small employers and own account workers
- Lower supervisory and technical occupations
- Semi-routine occupations
- Routine occupations
- Never worked and long-term unemployed
The three-category version is reduced to following categories:
- Higher occupations
- Intermediate occupations
- Lower occupations
- The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification
- Rose, D. and O'Reilly, K. (eds) (1997) Constructing Classes: Towards a New Social Classification for the UK. Swindon: ESRC/ONS.
- Rose, D. and O'Reilly, K. (1998) The ESRC Review of Government Social Classifications: Final Report. London: The Stationery Office.
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